New CKD quality standards published

NICE has published its new quality standard for chronic kidney disease (CKD) – to coincide with World Kidney Day.

The quality standard includes statements such as: people with CKD are assessed for disease progression, and people supported to receive a pre-emptive kidney transplant before dialysis.

Dr Fergus Macbeth, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE, said that CKD is a “potentially serious condition affecting a significant proportion of the population”.

CKD affects around 1 in 10 adults in the UK with either mild to severe CKD. People with the condition may have up to 35 times higher risk of premature death.

Other statements included in the quality standard include: people with CKD are assessed for cardiovascular risk; and people with established renal failure have access to psychosocial support – which may include support with personal, family, financial, employment and/or social needs.

Fiona Loud, Chair of the Kidney Alliance – who was involved with the development of the quality standard – said she was “delighted” at the new treatment instructions. “Kidney disease is more common than people might think,” she said. “I am confident it will improve outcomes for patients with CKD, and aid healthcare professionals involved in care and treatment.”